Prefaces to Translations: A Microhistory of Translation

Linghui ZHU

Abstract


Prefaces, as interface between translator and reader, translation and relevant historical contexts, offer an access to translation activities in history. A survey of prefaces in existing studies suggest that only some canonized pieces have been included into the writing of translation history. Based on the profiles of prefaces to translation, that is, who are the translators, what has been translated, why and how is it translated, it is argued that prefaces are potential in writing a microhistory of translation with marginal, trival, piecemeal records.

Keywords


Prefaces to translations; Translation history; Microhistory; Interpretation

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/11692

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